If my small skillet cornbread is too much then this classic and easy mini cornbread for one recipe might be perfect for you. This yummy comfort food is great served with chili, beans, and rice, or for a snack. Slightly sweet cornbread with a tender crumb. Made in a 5.5-inch square cast iron skillet this single serving recipe is just enough for one person to enjoy and save a little for leftover cornbread.
- Butter – I’ve always used salted butter. The melted butter should be cooled down for a minute before adding to the batter.
- Milk – Whole milk or reduced fat works equally as well.
- Egg – Use a full egg for this small batch recipe for a nice light and tender texture.
- Cornmeal – Yellow cornmeal has the deeper flavor you want for the cornbread recipe.
- Flour – Use all-purpose flour.
- Honey Use 2 tablespoons of honey for a hint of sweetness, increase honey if you like a sweeter cornbread. You can also substitute white granulated sugar.
- Baking powder – This is needed for the cornbread to rise.
- Salt: Salt brings out the flavor in food and you only need to a little bit since you are using salted butter.
Recipe Directions with Step-by-Step Photos
(Note: please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post for the complete written instructions.)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly butter a small cast iron skillet and set it aside. You can also use a cooking spray. Heat the skillet to melt the butter. You can also divide the batter between two wells of a muffin pan for cornbread muffins, or use a mini loaf pan.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt, and baking powder.
Make a well in the center of your dry ingredients and add your butter, milk, honey, and egg. Stir just until the ingredients are combined with only a few lumps remaining.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes until the top begins to turn a golden brown. For a little extra sweetness drizzle honey on top before baking.
Check if the cornbread is fully cooked by inserting a toothpick or cake tester into the center and if it comes out clean the cornbread is fully cooked.
Ways to serve cornbread
- Serve with soup and salad
- Great with homemade chili
- Great on its own with a little pat of butter
- A classic served with an easy cabbage recipe or ham steak dinner.
Cornbread for One: Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Let the cornbread cool completely then wrap tightly in saran wrap and place inside a Ziploc bag. For best quality cornbread can be frozen for up to one month. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator.
Yellow cornmeal has a stronger flavor and has more corn flavor than white cornmeal. White cornmeal flavor’s a little more delicate.
Mini Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup yellow cornmeal
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- ¼ cup milk
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly butter a 5.5-inch cast iron skillet and set it aside. Heat the skillet to melt the butter.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt, and baking powder.
- Make a well in the center of your dry ingredients and add your butter, milk, honey, and egg. Stir just until the ingredients are combined with only a few lumps remaining.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes until the top begins to turn a golden brown. For a little extra sweetness drizzle honey on top before baking.
- Check if the cornbread is fully cooked by inserting a toothpick or cake tester into the center and if it comes out clean the cornbread is fully cooked.
- Use the right cornmeal: Choose a good-quality cornmeal for the best results. Look for stone-ground cornmeal, which has a coarser texture and provides a richer flavor. Avoid using pre-packaged cornbread mixes, as they may contain artificial ingredients and lack the authentic taste of homemade cornbread.
- Preheat the skillet or baking dish: If using a cast-iron skillet or baking dish, preheat it in the oven before adding the cornbread batter. This step helps create a crispier crust.
- Mix wet and dry ingredients separately: In two separate bowls, combine the dry ingredients (cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, etc.) and the wet ingredients (buttermilk, eggs, melted butter, etc.). Mixing them separately allows for better distribution of the ingredients and ensures a more uniform texture.
- When combining the wet and dry ingredients, mix until just combined. Overmixing can lead to a tougher texture. It’s okay if there are a few lumps in the batter; they will disappear during baking.
- Allow the cornbread batter to rest for a few minutes before baking. This resting period helps hydrate the dry ingredients and allows the flavors to meld together.